Amish Country

Trip Start Jul 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Red Run Campground

Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Saturday, July 17, 2010

(Tom) I was the first to awaken, as usual. Darren was second, Mom woke up at 6:00 am, and Dad woke up last. After breakfast, Dad was going to go into the Wal-Mart to get some things but they weren't open yet! At about 6:50 am, we set sail for Pennsylvania. The ride through Massachusetts was nothing, Darren and I watched a movie. Once we got into Connecticut, Darren started a license plate game. On a printed piece of paper from an activity binder for road trips that Dad made, Darren looked for license plates from all 50 states and checked them off as he saw them. Just in Connecticut, he found license plates from Connecticut (of course), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Quebec!

We got caught in a 10-15 min traffic jam near New York City. We didn’t go through New York City but we did go close enough so we could see the Empire State Building in the distance. In New Jersey, we saw the Izod Center, home of the New Jersey Nets (NBA) and New Jersey Devils (NHL). Right next to that was the home of the New York Giants. We were held up in traffic for a little bit next to the Newark Airport and got to see three planes take off and two come in. We also saw the home stadium of the NY/NJ Metrostars (Major League Soccer). I was a little disappointed that we couldn’t see Philadelphia at all when we got to Pennsylvania. As I write this entry, we are sitting at a gas station, 10 miles from Amish Country.

(Kevin) Once we got to Amish Country, we stopped at a Wal-Mart to get some supplies – mostly to fix the Big Rolling Turd.  We picked up a new radio and refrigeration charger.  Tried to find a Dish Network remote at Radio Shack, but they do not carry them anymore.  One thing we have noticed is that we are stopping at gas stations a lot more than we thought we would.  Cha-Ching.

We went on an Amish horse drawn buggy tour in Intercourse, PA and toured an Amish farm.  Had dinner in a restaurant that served all you can eat family style.  Chow Chow, bread with apple butter, fried chicken, roast beef, and all the fixin’s.  Shoo Fly Pie for dessert.  Moved into Red Run Campground, swam in the pool until 9pm, and now stealing internet service from a local camper.

Off to Cherry Hill Park Campground outside Washington, DC tomorrow.  Only about 125 miles but we will take our time traveling back roads along our way.

We are very blessed and lucky to be doing this with our kids.  We are thinking of some people struggling heath-wise back home.  We hope all is well.

403.6 miles today.  Avg. speed 49.4 mph (city traffic jams)
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scott on

kevin, you should've grown a long beard for armish country. nice place to live. the women do most of the work right ?

Momma Cole on

What a great summer family thing to do--I'll check your post each day--Now Jana, this is just a sample (a short one at that) of what retirement feels like--lots of fun things to do, and man oh man oh man oh man (got it?!) Go safe--xo W

Patti McB on

Hi Everyone! Love the Tom vs Kevin updates! Good luck with your travels. I will follow as you go, love it!!! Be safe and try not to worry about the extra money spent on gas, it will be worth it!! :)

bro @ the lake on

Hey, hook up a team of them thar hosses and tow that damn trollin T%$#@....

Have fun!!!!! At least you're hitting the rightly named places.....


king of johnson mil rd on

Travel tip for Jana---until the water in the blower fan issue is resolved; offer to drive when it starts looking cloudy!

Laurie on

So.... did you sample the shoo fly pie?

Pauline Dickey on

I took a trip very similar to this one back in 1991. I will make comments on all of the sights that we saw.

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